Thursday, April 26, 2012

News: Rotherham United appoint Richard Stewart as vice-chairman


Rotherham United has installed Richard Stewart as vice chairman to form a partnership with his father and club chairman, Tony Stewart.

Richard has been a director of the football club for the previous four years and is also involved at his father's business, ASD Lighting in Rotherham.

The Millers are set to move into the £20m New York Stadium in July as construction nears completion on the site of the former Guest and Chrimes foundry close to Rotherham town centre.

Tony Stewart, chairman of Rotherham United, said: "The new stadium is creating new opportunities for the football club, and to maximise this wonderful opportunity we need to be fully prepared for what will be an exciting new era for Rotherham United.

"Behind the scenes Richard has played a vital role on the operational side of the football club, and has been heavily involved in the development of the new stadium. The New York Stadium is not just about a game of football on a Saturday, it is a 24/7 facility, which will require a great deal of work and commitment combining the skills and expertise of everyone at the club.

"The new stadium is guaranteed to move the club forward so it is important that I can continue to share the responsibility of key decision making, and that is where Richard and other members of the board will be a factor."

The club's board contains experienced directors who also have senior roles at ASD Lighting. In addition, Terry Stewart, Tony's brother and Richard's uncle, is also playing a key role at the club as the stadium director.

It is thought that silent partners and financial backers at the club include Brian Beckett, chairman of the Rotherham-based ABS Group and Ron Hull, founder and owner of the successful Rotherham group of companies.

Tony Stewart saved the League Two club in 2008 when he brought them out of administration via a Creditors Voluntary Agreement. His chairmanship has provided stability, investment and a professional off-field set-up despite having to play home games at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield after leaving Millmoor. His most important achievement as chairman will soon be realised when he watches Rotherham United play their first game back in their home town, in a brand new stadium.

Richard Stewart, vice chairman of Rotherham United, said: "It is an honour to be handed this new responsibility, at such an exciting time in Rotherham United's history.

"The club is growing day-by-day and when we arrive at New York it is important that we have a developed club with an infrastructure that befits this iconic and modern facility. Having worked alongside my father successfully for the past 18 years, I am excited about being handed this extra responsibility, and I cannot wait to get started to help bring about success for Rotherham United."

Rotherham United website

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